Rethinking the sociolinguistic “local”: Examples from Tanzania

Jan Blommaert

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Drawing on examples from Tanzania, I question the sociolinguistic notion of "local". In an age of online-offline communicative economies, the "local" is shot through with nonlocal features.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage and culture on the margins
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal/local interactions
EditorsSjaak Kroon, Jos Swanenberg
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781351244350
ISBN (Print)9780815373025
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2018


  • Sociolinguistics
  • digital culture
  • Tanzania
  • Swahili
  • English
  • globalization


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